In 2013, five companions in Arizona chose to catch a few photographs and feature from the edge of space by sending a GoPro up on a climate inflatable. The camera made it to 98,000 feet, however the gentlemen forgot about it after it arrived out of wireless tower range. All appeared to be lost, and the group invested months thinking about whether they’d ever discover the camera.
Quick forward to a few months prior: the group got a telephone call from a lady who discovered an unusual box with their names on it. In it was the camera and the greater part of the first pictures.
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The DIY satellite contained a GoPro HERO3, a Sony Camcorder, and a Samsung Galaxy Note II phone. The two cameras were set to record footage while the phone snapped photos.
Over on Reddit, Bryan Chan states that the cell phone was likewise utilized for GPS tracking. An application was used to have the telephone message its GPS coordinates to the group as it ventured out down to Earth.
“The problem was that the coverage map we were relying on (looking at you, AT&T) was not accurate, so the phone never got signal as it came back to Earth, and we never heard from it,” writes Chan.
The camera box landed about 50 miles away from the launch point, in an area largely devoid of public roads.
“Two years later, in a twist of ironic fate, a woman who works at AT&T was on a hike one day and spotted our phone in the barren desert,” says Chan. “She brings it to an AT&T store, and they identify my friend’s SIM card. We got the footage and data a few weeks later!”
The onboard data revealed that the camera had a total flight time of 1 hour and 38 minutes, and it reached an altitude of 98,644 feet.